Precious

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Precious

Life is so precious.  Why is it that we need to be confronted with pain, uncertainty and risk of death to truly embrace and digest that truth. We rush through life and never look at what is precious.  Lately, I have been pausing at each task and saying will this effect eternity? Will it matter even a day from now?

 

Consider this.  How you spend your time is how you spend your life.

 

2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMP)

So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.

 

Prayer: Work within us the knowledge of this gift called life. You created us for Your perfect purposes remind us of this. Strengthen within us the joy of our salvation, so that we might have the wisdom to turn away tasks that are beneath our calling. Remind us that we are sons and daughters of the King Most High.  All praise and glory to Christ this Christmas season and always.  Amen.

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Awaken the sleepers!

Awaken the sleepers

Over and over again at all times; in prayer, when my mind goes idle, as soon as I close my eyes and as soon as my eyes open I hear, “Awaken the sleepers.”

This has gone on for months today I ask what does this mean?

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Ephesians 5:14 (AMP)

14 For this reason He says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”

 

            Who are the sleepers?  We would be tempted to say only the unsaved but…

 

Romans 13:11(ESV)

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

         

He is speaking to the saved. We must wake up.

 

How? By our own works? – Never

 

No, just as we were saved we will be awoken by His grace and His grace alone.

 

Psalm 51:12(AMP)

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation

And sustain me with a willing spirit.

Pray: God, forgive me I have allowed the joy of my salvation to be dulled by the world.  I am busy but not productive in the righteous work of the Lord.  Forgive me. Awaken my heart to Your will and desires for my life. Open the eyes and ears of my heart to see Your mighty work.  I praise You, I praise You with every molecule of my being.  Light me afire with Your glory and let me rest in Your presence.  Love you, Amen.

 

The Word proclaims it is good to operate in joy and be sustained in willing surrender to Christ. To rejoice in our freedom gained by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Let us do just that.

 

Malachi 4:2 (AMP)

2 But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall.

 

Why? Should we awaken?

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Luke 10:2-11 (AMP)

2 He was saying to them, “The harvest is abundant [for there are many who need to hear the good news about salvation], but the workers [those available to proclaim the message of salvation] are few. Therefore, [prayerfully] ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; listen carefully: I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus,  I declare myself available a willing participant in Your master plan.  Send me to the saved and unsaved to remind them to praise for their salvation. I pray for an awakening of the harvesters. Your joy is our strength. Jesus, sound the shofar and awaken Your beloved. We surrender our lives to You our great redeemer! Great is Your faithfulness and steadfast is Your love. Thank You, Amen.

 

Is anyone else hearing- Awaken the sleepers?

Whether you or anyone operating in the prophetic please connect them to me. I am curious what further wisdom He is releasing to others.

 

Failure alert!

My best new communication move has been the “shut up” technique.

My colossal failures in communication have always occurred after I tried to go it alone. When I tried to coerce them into understanding that I was just trying to help them.  Attempting to force my heart intent and motives onto someone on a completely different place on the path than me. (insert laughter here or in my case most definitely my foot)

Needless to say it did not go well (understatement of the century)

It turns out the Maker of the Universe, the One who created the person I am failing miserably at communicating with may have some excellent pointers on how that person operates.

 

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When I finally sought His counsel, He instructed me to “shut up, be still and know that I am God.”  When I let Him be the Lord over both of us- things began to move. He was very busy working things out and into her heart and mine.  His gentle pruning needed time to take place and manifest.  Once this was done He created a pathway of easy, gentle communication I never could have established.

Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

I had been concentrating on speaking to be heard so that I could get the answers I needed to make decisions for the mission in front of me.  I missed Ephesians 4:29 by a long shot.  Never once did I consider that all communication should be a vehicle to distribute blessings.

Has the Lord taught you any communication tips that we can take into the Holidays and New Year? I would love any pointers I can get.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me of my hasty words I rocket at people without regard for their heart.  Help us to re-frame our words to be a blessing to all that hear us speak.  Not just in times of prayer and love filled conversations with people we care about but with all people we interact with.  Let the Holy Spirit speak through us without any hindrance.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Praise commensurate with His glory

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Ephesians 1: 12 CJB

12 so that we who earlier had put our hope in the Messiah would

bring him praise commensurate with his glory.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus,  help us. We can not do it on our own.  Help us to bring praise to You that is commensurate with Your glory.  Help us to comprehend the fullness of Your glory.  Your ways are so far above our ways Your thoughts so far above our thoughts.  Roll Your glory around us let it penetrate to our bones so that we might be restored to our original creation design in praise of our Maker.  Heighten our praise, take it to the next level and further still so that we might bask in Your shalom in all circumstances.  We praise You with every molecule of our being in utter obedience to You our Savior.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Running free!!!

Fallen (ouch)                                                       Sister help                                                       Running  free!!!

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one, because they have a good [more satisfying] reward for their labor;

For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! (AMPC)

 

Prayer:       Thank You, Jesus for giving me the blessings of beautiful, powerful, God- fearing prayer warriors in my life.  You know what I need and know my heart’s desires before I utter a sound.  Thank You for loving me enough to grant me these people.  Remind me to be thankful at all times and cherish the great gifts You give.  Teach me to love them as You have loved me.  Thank You, Amen.

 

(Happy birthday sister- what would I do without a sister like you a best friend born into my family- Thanks God)

Trust until???

My hands crash through my purse frantic to find the keys.  Their cold metal would be a delight to my fingertips, my heart races certainly; these are it. I pull out a finger nail file.

Panic no longer in the backseat but in full control, accusations fly at my children, “Did you move them?

I always put them in my purse!

I’m going back through the parking lot and the store.  Watch the girls, boys”

In a dead sprint, I look back in the drizzling rain to see the pathetic faces of my three, seven and twelve year old children, my hand slides down in defeat and makes contact with the keys attached to the ring of my purse strap.

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There are more times than I want to admit when I left the most important thing to chase after the lesser thing spurred on by panic.

In the above, scenario I left my precious children alone and vulnerable in the cold and dangerously dark parking lot in order to chase keys the thing I thought I really needed.

How many of us if we are honest have left the safety of operating in God’s will in order to chase something else that sounded good and seemed important?

Where was my trust in God that cold night?

It’s easy to look back and see where my trust was – in my own abilities to rescue us, the keys. I chose to look at the cold, dark world and see its power and not the Savior I serve.

 

Where in the bible does it say:

Trust until?

  • Trust until it doesn’t make since
  • Trust until you are in pain
  • Trust until your children are hurting.
  • Trust until your circumstances don’t match your dreams
  • Trust until it gets really hard
  • Trust until you did what other Christians told you to do and it still didn’t work
  • Trust until you are disappointed
  • Trust until you lose your business.

 

This is one of the promises of God.

Psalm 84:12

O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]! (AMPC)

 

I have been ruminating on this promise and concluded the simple and difficult fact is you are blessed when you get out of your own way.  When you don’t choose to try to control life but instead give full trust where it is due, Christ Jesus.

 

I can attest to the truth of Proverbs 3: 5-6, whenever I chose my own wisdom life takes very drastic and unfortunate turns. When I rely on Him my path becomes steady and true.  The word easy doesn’t come to mind when I think of the current path of my life but steady is accurate.  God the great provider is faithful to continue to bring me forward.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (AMPC)

 

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to remember in the very moment of panic, anxiety and worry to trust in You.  To stop and breathe and allow the living and powerful God within me to take control.  Let my hands and feet and the speech from my mouth be an extension of Christ’s purposes.  Help me to navigate this dark world and bring Your Light to the hurting. Let the pursuit of my heart always be You.  Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  Let it be so in my life.  That I fulfill Your will with immediate and full obedience. You are worthy of my trust and I proclaim my trust is in You- Christ Jesus. Thank You, Amen.

Dare!

“This couldn’t be the right place?!”

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My eyes soak in brick driveway and staircase seamlessly leading to the mansion. I dare not look up for fear of losing composure and frankly nerve to continue to move I busy my mind with drinking in the beauty of my surroundings.
Propped against the staircase its solid brick reassures me, I am not dreaming. Captivated by the rooftops, I quickly lose track of the number of peaks and spires.
“How many rooms are there and who cleans all of them?” “Maybe it could be me?”
My thoughts jolt me back into reality, “Remember what you are here for I chastise”
My hand flutter within my purse relieved to feel the weight of the linen paper within my hand. The pads of my fingertips rub the wax seal- the broken wax crumbles slightly beneath my touch.
Breathe escapes my lips as I read the invitation reassured by its presence.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

-Your King

Strength renews my spine and with resolve, I move forward and drastically upward. My hand snakes out and rapidly pounds the door knocker a satisfying boom is loud against the peaceful day. Immediately the door swings wide and a plump middle-aged man thoroughly likeable upon sight ushers me in.
“Glad to see you, come on in, let me take you directly to the King.”
We move through room after room more lavish than the rest, joyful people move about purposefully without a hint of surprise or concern of my presence. “Who are these lucky people?”
He smiled and spoke without stopping. “They are all servants of the King.” “We can’t hesitate for a moment the King is so pleased you are coming and has long awaited the day you would come and answer his question.”
Thoughts tumbled, “I just received this invitation yesterday- why would he say waited a long time and those people were not dressed like servants- no servant I ever saw!”
My escort stops in front of a heavy oak door in front of me no different than any other door I had walked through.
“Knock child,” my escort insists.
Before my hand connects to the door, its latch releases. The presence of the King falls upon me as I cross the threshold. Each step echoes as I falter forward, not daring to fully look toward the throne but I glance from side to side at the immense pillars running the length of the room. It became abundantly clear the room was larger than possible and covered more area than the entire mansion itself possessed.
“Woman” echoed in my head. Startled I look up and see I am at the bottom of an impossibly brilliant staircase unable to fully focus on the King, the pearl- like stone held my gaze.
“What?” I squeak.
“Woman, what do you want me to do for you?”
My mind folds in half one side screams ask to be a servant- look at their lives-so joyful, the other half insists money, you can’t even feed your family- who are you to ask for more?
“Please give me $200 dollars that is enough to feed my family for a whole week.”
The door bumps my backside I slide down its smooth surface and release the two crisp $100 dollar bills I watch them flutter end to end to the ground their weight and purpose defenseless to the draft of the closing door.

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How often do we ignorantly do what the foolish woman did? How often does a door close because we ask foolishly?

Matthew 20:32-34
Yeshua stopped, called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, open our eyes.” Filled with tenderness, Yeshua touched their eyes; and instantly they received their sight and followed him. (CJB)

The maker of the Universe, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is asking us.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Will you answer Him? And receive your sight so that you might follow Him?
Search and find for yourself how many times the Lord tells us in His Word to ask of Him so that we might receive. To name a few (John 15:7, Psalm 107:6, Jeremiah 33:3, John 16:24, Mathew 21:22)

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Do you know how you will answer? –The King.

                   This is not an invitation given to you today- it was given to you before your conception, before time began. Answer Him with obedience and reverence.

Consider this prayer:
According to my faith Christ Jesus, grant me Your greatest desire for my life. Increase my faith so that I might ask wisely. I want nothing less than the blood of Jesus to wash the entirety of me. Restore me to my original creation design. Your will for my life be seen and known. Embolden me to grasp ahold of Your great vision. Thank You, for Your tender mercies. Amen